Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Best Gift in the WORLD that was Ever Given to me.

Exactly 5 years ago my husband and I got a phone call from his dad saying there was a little baby girl that had been born on Christmas day from their side of the family that was being adopted out. I instantly knew that this baby had to come be with our family. I pleaded...(ok and pouted) with my husband for days to please call and see if we could take this baby. I felt heart broke because there was another family lined up to take her but I just know in my heart that she needed to be with us. We got a call three days after she was born at night and was told that we could have her. I can't even explain the feeling I had. Tremendous gratitude, feelings of being so blessed, and ecstatic to have a little girl join our family.

Here are some pictures of her in the hospital with her mother and older sister.

Steve and I drove up to Idaho in a snow storm the minute we got the call and spent the night in a hotel. Stevi's older sister spent the night with us and we both stayed up ALL night playing and loving baby Stevi.

My deepest appreciation and admiration goes out to her mother with whom we stay in contact with. I know this had to be one of the most difficult decisions in her life to do this and I know that it came out of her with so much love for little Stevi. Stevi will always be hers but I am so honored that she has given me the opportunity to raise her. There is nothing I could ever do to repay her in my whole lifetime. I will always be in eternal debt for her giving me this special gift....(.I am bawling my whole way through this entire post! )

Three months later I got pregnant with another little girl that I just know was sent from Heaven to be best friends with Stevi and they love each other so much. They are 11 months apart. Double trouble!

and here was my Christmas gift from Stevi this year...a cute little picture of her that she drew

Stevi has turned out to be such a sweet kind little girl. She is a helper, a go-getter like her older sister Amanda. Spunky, fun and very social. She loves playing with her older brothers and playing dress up with her sister Caprese. She is also fluent in Spanish! I don't know what life would of ever been like without her. I love her so much. She makes our family complete. Happy 5th Birthday dear sweet daughter who I love more then life!!!!

and Thank you to her birth mother who I will always love for changing and blessing my life. :)


  1. Okay...I can't take I am running for a box of tissues!
    It's almost like Olivia Newton John wrote this song for YOU!
    Stevi is a JOY to all of us too. I remember being so concerned for my daughter to do an adooption...I wasn't excactly jumping for joy.

    I have never regreted your decision, everyday I say how thankful I am that you get to raise this precious child. She is one very lucky little girl with many opportunities she's already had and will have in the future.

    I know you and Steve never doubted for a minute that a little girl belonged in your family. Then there was two!!! I love those two girls together, it WAS meant to be for sure.
    blessing to you and your family and also to amanda and her birth mother. thank you is not enough.

  2. P.S. your dad was standing behind me sniffing! Of course he adores her too.
    And YOU are HIS ONLY little girl!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Rachel Dooley

  4. Such a sweet story.....I remember when you were on your way to get your Christmas Baby...Can't believe it was 5yrs ago!! I cannot think of a more selfless gift to give then the gift of adoption. She is such a sweet, beautiful girl!! Happy Birthday Stevie!!

  5. What a sweet story! Thanks for sharing...

  6. I can't believe it has been 5 years WOW! I loved this blog, thank you so much for sharing it with us. Your moms comments was sweet too! I remember how happy your were and how surprised when you found out you were preggers. I love you sweety!

  7. I lost my first comment. Thank you for sharing your daughters story with us. Adoption is the most selfless and life changing for everybody involved. I've helped with several adoptions with John.

    Your an amazing women

    hugs and kisses

  8. Thank you for sharing your darling daughters story with us. Adoption is a very selfless and life changing experiences for everyone involved. When John was in private practice and I ran the office for him, we had the opportunity to be apart of several adoptions. I've seen it through everybody's view point except the child's. Course, I'm so different from my mother's family, I always thought that I was adopted.

    Your a wonderful women Shelli, I'm sure glad I know you.

    Hugs and Kisses

  9. Such a sweet post. It is so close to my heart because our youngest is adopted too. She is a distant relative of mine. She just got engaged over Christmas! She has taught us a lot about so many things. Her teenage years were exciting! Glad you had a great Christmas. Mimi

  10. Beautiful. I'm crying too. What a special little girl. Happy birthday Stevi!